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BACCARAT CRYSTAL LIMITED EDITION SULPHIDE PAPERWEIGHT ADLAI STEVENSON MINT
$49.99
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BACCARAT CRYSTAL LIMITED EDITION SULPHIDE PAPERWEIGHT ADLAI STEVENSON MINT
$49.99
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Joe St Clair Paperweight Sulfide Bird Blue Ribbon Wreath Cut 3 Tall Signed
$76.99
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Maude and Bob St Clair Mermaid sulphide sulfide large paperweight
$1,000.00
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VTG Sulfide Glass Marble Paperweight Cute Kitten Cat Elwood IND
$39.99
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HUGE Vintage JIM DAVIS Sulphide CHICKEN HEN Paperweight
$79.95
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Vintage 1972 St Clair MARTHA WASHINGTON Sulphide Paperweight
$14.95
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1990 Jim Davis SULPHIDE COW Paperweight
$69.95
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1990 Jim Davis SULPHIDE PIG PIGGY BANK Paperweight
$59.95
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Baccarat France Limited Edition Sulphide Paperweight Patrick Henry in Box
$39.99
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BACCARAT CRYSTAL LIMITED EDITION SULPHIDE PAPERWEIGHT HERBERT HOOVER MINT
$49.99
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JOE ST CLAIR GLASS PAPERWEIGHT BLUE FLOWERS WHITE SULFIDE CENTER MINT
$65.00
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VINTAGE MURANO ICEPICK MILLEFIORI FLOWER BUBBLES ART GLASS PAPERWEIGHT SULFIDE
$99.99
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President Eisenhower Sulphide Paperweight by Gilbert Poillerat Numbered M27
$200.00
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Antique Queen Victoria Prince Albert Sulphide Paperweight Ca 1850 Royalty
$395.00
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Bob St Clair SKUNK Inside Sulphide Sulfide Large Glass Paperweight
$99.99
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VINTAGE BACCARAT SIGNED LIMITED EDITION PAPERWEIGHT Pierre Laval SULPHIDE CAMEO
$70.00
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ANTIQUE BACCARAT CANE AND SULFIDE PAPERWEIGHT
$999.99
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LARGE BOB ST CLAIR PAPERWEIGHT SULFIDE SULPHIDE BADGER CHIPMUNK
$79.99
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Early Chinese Faceted Art Glass Paperweight Sulphide Painted Duck
$74.95
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Baccarat France Franklin Mint Julius Caesar Sulfide Cameo Glass Paperweight ALB
$1.82
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Baccarat Franklin Mint Peter The Great Sulfide Cameo Glass Desk Paperweight ALB
$1.82
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Baccarat Franklin Mint Alexander The Great Sulfide Cameo Glass Paperweight ALB
$3.58
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Baccarat France Franklin Mint Louis XIV Sulfide Cameo Glass Desk Paperweight ALB
$2.25
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Baccarat France Franklin Mint Simon Bolivar Sulfide Cameo Glass Paperweight ALB
$1.82
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Vintage Capricorn Sulphide Cobalt Blue Baccarat Glass Paperweight
$140.00
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Vintage Thomas Jefferson Sulphide Signed GB 1955 Paperweight France
$65.60
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RARE John F Kennedy Sulfide Figural Paperweight St Clair 1971 633 Cobalt Blue
$33.99
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PAIR OF VINTAGE MAUDE AND BOB ST CLAIR PAINTED SULPHIDE PAPERWEIGHTS STUNNING
$150.00
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Big Heavy JOE ZIMMERMAN Hollow Magnum Sulphide HORSE Paperweight with Z Mark
$162.50
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Harry S Truman Baccarat Paperweight Sulphide Crystal Limited Edition
$34.99
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CRISTAL D ALBRET PAPERWEIGHT JOHN JAMES AUDUBON 1972 SULFIDE FRANCE CUT CRYSTAL
$54.00
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CRISTAL DALBRET PAPERWEIGHT A DAVID PARIS 1966 SULFIDE FRANCE CUT CRYSTAL
$54.00
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CRISTAL D ALBRET PAPERWEIGHT GEORGE WASHINGTON 1974 SULFIDE CUT CRYSTAL FRANCE
$54.00
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Gibson Sulfide Paperweight Lot 138
$10.00
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St Clair Sulfide Paperweight Lot 472
$10.00
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Gibson Sulfide Paperweight Lot 516
$10.00
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Gibson Sulfide Paperweight Lot 475
$10.00
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Gibson Sulfide Paperweight Lot 111
$10.00
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Gibson Sulfide Paperweight Lot 114
$10.00
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St Clair Sulfide Paperweight Lot 582
$10.00
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Gibson Sulfide Paperweight Lot 585
$10.00
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Gibson Sulfide Paperweight Lot 143
$10.00
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Vintage Paperweight Sulphide Button Owl Head Theresa Rarig
$24.00
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GORGEOUS ANTIQUE Bohemain SULPHIDE PORTRAIT Art Glass PAPERWEIGHTPre 1890
$59.00
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Adorable Gibson Chipmunk His Acorn Sulfide Glass Round Paperweight
$49.99
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Baccarat Paperweight Male Bust Figural Sulfide Made in France Blue Clear
$15.00
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Antique Sulphide Faceted Paperweight Fish Coral Underwater Scene
$79.20
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MOTHER ANTIQUE WWII GLASS PAPERWEIGHT HOME SWEET HOME SULFIDE MILLIFIORI FLOWER
$50.00
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Antique Sulphide Tree Paperweight Large
$20.00
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Crystal Sulphide CR DALBRET paperweight JOHN PAUL JONES deep Red
$50.00
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Vtg JOE ST CLAIR Sulfide CAMEO Head PAPERWEIGHT West Virginia Glass
$39.99
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1989 GIBSON GLASS LIONWITH HEART SULPHIDE PAPERWEIGHT
$49.00
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Baccarat France crystal 1971 Herbert Hoover sulphide cameo navy paperweight box
$35.00
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Vintage 1978 MAUDE and BOB St Clair SULPHIDE OWL Paperweight
$59.95
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VINTAGE Tom St Clair Sulphide SANTA CLAUS Paperweight
$59.95
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Vintage Sulphide LION Paperweight St Clair
$59.95
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Large 1976 Maude and Bob St Clair SULPHIDE OWL Paperweigt on Red Base
$75.99
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Vintage TOM ST CLAIR Sulphide PENGUIN on ICE Paperweight
$34.95
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Sulphide Paperweights Baron De Montesquiew John Adams Original Box COA
$66.99
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1988 HUGE GIBSON GLASS MAGNUM SIZE ELEPHANT SULPHIDE PAPERWEIGHT
$99.00
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1990 GIBSON GLASS SULPHIDE PAPERWEIGHT W TEDDY BEAR CONTROLLED BUBBLES
$39.99
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2003 GIBSON GLASS SULPHIDE PAPERWEIGHT WITH WAVING BEAR
$49.00
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1991 GIBSON GLASS SULPHIDE PAPERWEIGHT W BEAR W HONEY POT BEEHIVE
$49.00
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7 POUND DOORSTOP 1989 GIBSON GLASS SULPHIDE PAPERWEIGHT W SLEEPING PIG
$139.99
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JOE RICE ST CLAIR BETSY ROSS MAKING FLAG SULPHIDE PAPERWEIGHT
$49.00
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LARGE 1989 GIBSON GLASS SEAL SULPHIDE PAPERWEIGHT
$59.00
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Baccarat Paperweight 2 3 4Dia Sulphide White Madonna on dark blue Beautiful
$63.00
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Antique Glass Paper Weight Initials C G Sulfide and Millifiori
$50.00
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Vintage Portrait Sulphide Millefiori George Washington Art Glass Paperweight
$45.00
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Antique PAPERWEIGHT CARNOT President France 1887 94 Memorial Sulphide Medallion
$550.00
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Martin Luther King Glass Green Paperweight Sulfide Cameo Italy
$24.00
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Adlai E Stevenson Baccarat Paperweight Sulphide Crystal Limited Edition of 350
$20.00
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Harry S Truman Baccarat Paperweight Sulphide Crystal Limited Edition Cochet
$26.40
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Vintage Paperweight Sulphide Button Owl Head Theresa Rarig
$14.00
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Prestige Art Glass Elwood Indiana Sulphide Golf Ball Pa
$39.99
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Joe St Clair Richard M Nixon Sulfide paperweight
$16.99
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BEAUTIFUL MASONIC PAPERWEIGHT BUTTON THERESA RARIG SULFIDE 3 4 INCH DIA
$35.00
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Baccarat Limited Edition Herbert Hoover Sulphide Paperweight w Box
$24.99
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BACCARAT CRYSTAL LIMITED EDITION SULPHIDE PAPERWEIGHT JAMES MONROE
$24.99
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ALE BACCARAT FACETED SULPHIDE CAMEO GIFT PAPER WEIGHTS ADAMS MONISQUIEU
$99.00
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BACCARAT CRYSTAL LIMITED EDITION SULPHIDE PAPERWEIGHT THEODORE ROOSEVELT MINT
$49.99
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BACCARAT CRYSTAL LIMITED EDITION SULPHIDE PAPERWEIGHT JAMES MONROE MINT
$49.99
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CRISTALLERIES DALBRET LIMITED EDITION SULPHIDE PAPERWEIGHT CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS
$49.99
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BACCARAT CRYSTAL LIMITED EDITION SULPHIDE PAPERWEIGHT ELEANOR ROOSEVELT MINT
$49.99
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BACCARAT CRYSTAL LIMITED EDITION SULPHIDE PAPERWEIGHT HARRY TRUMAN MINT
$49.99
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Vintage Red Black Sulfide Crawfish Lobster Blue Ground Art Glass Paperweight
$37.12
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BACCARAT CRYSTAL SULPHIDE PAPERWEIGHT Gemini zodiac Twins
$36.00
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Sulphide Paperweight

A Brief History of Baccarat Crystal

The term crystal, as applied to glass, dates back to the early 1300s in Murano Italy. Glass cutters there developed intricate glass cutting techniques which often gave the glass a "crystalline" shape, resembling a cut gemstone. When pertaining to cut glass, the term "crystal" is a misnomer. Glass is technically classified as an amorphous, inorganic solid that lacks a true crystalline structure.

The art and science of cutting glass continued to progress over the next few centuries, as various technological improvements enabled the glass cuts to become more intricate. In the 1700s, lead oxide was introduced into the smelting of glass which made the glass more workable and boosted its index of refraction, creating a more brilliant product. This effect was heightened when the glass was cut into facets at different angles, causing light to split into its constituent wavelengths, creating rainbows of colors that closely resemble a "crystalline" material. So as a matter of tradition as well as marketing, the term "crystal" has been retained by glass makers such as Waterford and Baccarat.

Baccarat Glass dates back to 1765 when the Bishop of Metz wanted to stimulate commerce in the little village of Baccarat, some 250 East of Paris. The Verrerie de Sainte Anne at Baccarat was created. It successfully manufactured all kinds of utility glassware and prospered for many years, surviving even the French Revolution and the Napoleonic wars.

In 1815, during the aftermath of the Napoleonic War, the French border reverted to its 1790 boundary line. The great French glassworks at Voneche in Northern France found itself outside the new French frontier in the newly created country of Belgium. The owner of Voneche, a Parisian named Aime-Gabriel D'Artigues, bought the Baccarat glassworks so that he could re-establish his business in France and continue to serve French customers without paying heavy import taxes. There is a story that he struck a deal with the King of France to reduce his import taxes from Voneche in return for setting up again in France.

The new company, Voneche-Baccarat, focused on high quality lead-crystal glass and over the past 180 years Baccarat has developed many new techniques in making the finest crystal glass. In 1822 D'Artigues sold the glassworks and the new owners set up the Compagnie des Cristalleries de Baccarat (keeping Voneche as part of the name until 1843). It soon became and remains today, the foremost glassworks in France. The company won medals at major exhibitions in Paris from 1823 onwards.

Baccarat is famous for its wonderful paperweights, its superb crystal glass tableware, for 19th century colored lead crystal glass and opaline ware, for beautiful decanters and bottles, and for superb lead crystal sculptures of animals and birds. The Bohemian/Venician technique of embedding millefiori canes (multi-colored glass mixtures) was taken over by Baccarat in the 1840s and their lead crystal glass paperweights with millefiori designs surpass anything produced in that period from Bohemia or Venice.

The technique of embedding cameo sulphides in paperweights was raised to a fine art by Baccarat in the early 19th century, and continues to be used today. The sulphides give the glass a distinctive rose colored tint. This technique creates eye catching results; as many people have never seen glass reflect light in such a way.

The town of Baccarat is clearly proud of its famous glasswork heritage, and its glass industry not only brings in tourists, but is the cornerstone of the local economy. Moreover, the Baccarat company is renown for creating great working conditions for its employees. All things considered, Baccarat Crystal lives up to its legend.

About the Author

This article was written by Dwayne Cassidy. Dwayne was shopping online for
Baccarat Crystal
when he became curious about the history of Baccarat and
Waterford Crystal
. Dwayne has researched the subject of European glass makers extensively and hopes others might share this interest. The YellowDoor.Com is a great place to whet your appetite for fine deals on the best glassware.

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